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Governor-Elect Hassan to Speak at STEM Conference 

The Office of Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan

MANCHESTER – TOMORROW, Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan will speak at a conference on advancing science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM) higher education in New Hampshire to meet the needs of the 21st century economy.

The conference is an outgrowth of a commitment made earlier this year between the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) and the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) that sets out steps they will take together to meet the goal of increasing by 50 percent the number of STEM-educated graduates by 2020 and doubling that number by 2025.

As Governor, Maggie Hassan work to implement her “Innovate NH” jobs plan, which focuses on building the best workforce in the country, providing tax credits to businesses, and giving businesses technical assistance to help them create jobs. Hassan’s innovation plan calls for supporting the goal of increasing STEM graduates, as well as for working with teachers, local schools, higher education and the business community to ensure New Hampshire has the rigorous STEM education system it needs to prepare students to compete in the future. As Governor, Hassan will also work to make sure we include hands on-learning curriculum to engage and interest students in pursuing STEM careers.

WHAT:            Governor-Elect Hassan to Speak at STEM Conference

WHEN:            Tuesday, November 27th, 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:           Emerging Technology Center, Pandora Building, 88 Commercial Street, Manchester


NH DHHS - Government, Industry and Health Care Leaders Announce Safe Sharps Disposal  Initiatives


“At no time in New Hampshire’s history has the danger regarding used

medical needles been more evident,” said Steven Poggi, Waste Management,

Inc.’s, Director of Disposal Operations, New England Area. “For this

reason, Waste Management wholeheartedly supports the state of New

Hampshire’s efforts to help raise awareness about safe medical sharps


The Medical Sharps Subcommittee of the Health and Human Services Oversight

Committee spearheaded efforts to place sharps disposal boxes in the

Legislative Office Building and the State House in Concord. Each

building’s first-floor restrooms will be equipped with two secure, metal

sharps disposal boxes, provided courtesy of Waste Management, Inc.

Restrooms on other floors will have signage directing sharps users to

dispose of them at the designated locations. Waste Management signed an

agreement with state government leaders to provide free and regular sharps

collection, and proper disposal of them at their medical waste processing

facility in Rochester, NH.

To further promote the state’s public educational efforts, Governor John

Lynch has proclaimed November “Safe Sharps Awareness Month”. The

proclamation, read aloud by Governor Lynch at a Statehouse event Thursday

morning urged New Hampshire citizens to be mindful of the proper and safe

disposal of all sharps, including needles and lancets. “Medical sharps can

carry human and animal disease, and when disposed of improperly in general

household trash, puts our neighbors, children, waste workers, environment

and wildlife at risk Puncture-proof labeled containers and designated

medical waste receptacles offer a safe solution to medical sharps disposal.

The Subcommittee also coordinated the printing of 20,000 labels reading

“Medical Sharps Container – Not for Recycling.” The labels, designed to be

applied to sealed detergent bottles once filled with used household sharps,

will be available to sharps users free of charge at local transfer stations

throughout the state, and will also be distributed by the Granite State

Diabetes Educators, while supplies last. The purpose of the labels is to

help reduce the risk of needle sticks to residents and waste workers alike.

The labels were funded with donations from Becton Dickinson & Company, the

Granite State Diabetes Educators, the Local Government Center, the NH

Department of Environmental Services and the NH Medical Society.

State Representative J. David Knox, Chairman of the Medical Sharps

Subcommittee said, “With an estimated 20 million insulin syringes and pen

needles used annually by New Hampshire’s diabetic population alone, proper

disposal is critical in helping to keep waste workers and others safe.”

About the Medical Sharps Subcommittee: The Medical Sharps Subcommittee, of

the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, is

tasked with studying and making recommendations for the safe and practical

collection and disposal of household generated medical sharps. Since 2008,

the Subcommittee has worked to design programs and educational materials to

target certain audiences on the proper disposal of sharps for the

protection of public health and the environment.


NH DHHS - New Hampshire Foster Youth Convene For Independent Living Conference The “When Life’s not FAIR”

Concord, NH – More than a 100 youth from all over New Hampshire gathered at

Keene State College to participate in the Eighth Annual Division for

Children Youth and Families (DCYF) Teen Conference. The conference was an

all-day learning experience designed to address the unique needs of older

adolescents making the transition from “out of home care” to adulthood and


“We want our youth to be as successful as possible,” said New Hampshire

Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas.

“This conference is an opportunity to bring teens together, share

experiences and help equip them with some of the tools they will need as

they begin to prepare for the future.”

The theme of this year’s conference was the “When Life’s Not FAIR” as

selected by the NH Youth Voices. Co- sponsors included NH Youth Voices, the

University of New Hampshire Center for Professional Excellence in Child

Welfare, and the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation

(NHHEAF). The keynote presentation was Digital Stories, a unique way for

youth in care to tell their story through the use of images, pictures,

music and their own narration. The stories were created in collaboration

with the National Resource Center for Permanency at the Hunter College

School of Social Work. There were a number of workshops geared toward

providing youth attendees with helpful information on topics such as

getting a job, self advocacy, navigating the college admissions process and

staying safe online. There was also an opportunity for youth to network,

and learn about resources to assist them as they transition to adulthood.

“It is incredibly important that we engage our youth as they plan for the

future,” said DHHS’ Director of the Division of Children, Youth and

Families, Maggie Bishop. “This conference is an opportunity for us to talk

with teens about issues that are important to their future success. We

want them to realize how important it is that we work together, and that

they are a valued part of the system that is working on their behalf.”

During the conference, Director Bishop signed the DCYF’s Youth in Care Bill

of Rights. These rights are intended to guide DCYF and its provider in the

delivery of care and services to youth in out-of-home care with the

commitment to permanency, safety and well-being. These rights provide

youth with a “voice” regarding their DCYF involvement while ensuring

opportunities for normal life experiences. Director Bishop also signed the

New England Youth Coalition’s Sibling Bill of Rights which formally

recognize the value of sibling relationships and reinforce DCYF’s

commitment to preserve these important connections for children and youth

in State care. The New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioner

and Directors (NEACWCD) and the New England Youth Coalition (NEYC) created

the Sibling Bill of Rights together. NEYC serves as an advisory group to

NEACWCD identifying systemic issues that need to be improved from the

perspective of youth in care.


NH Health Department Holds Public Meeting on Hepatitis C Outbreak

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is holding a meeting for

members of the public to answer questions about the hepatitis C outbreak at

Exeter Hospital. The meeting will be held tomorrow night, Friday, June 15

at 6:00 pm in the Exeter High School auditorium at 1 Blue Hawk Drive,

Exeter (GPS address 315 Epping Road).

The purpose of the meeting is to explain the process of the investigation

by DPHS and answer questions about it for anyone interested. Speakers will

include Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, State Epidemiologist, Dr. Jodie

Dionne-Odom, Deputy State Epidemiologist, and Dr. José Montero, Director of

Public Health at DHHS.

“We realize there is a great deal of anxiety and that many people have

questions,” said Dr. Montero, “and as we have done for other outbreaks we

want people to be able to hear firsthand how the investigation has evolved

and where we are in the process.”

So far 20 patients have been identified as being infected with the same

strain of hepatitis C. The common link among all the patients is the

Cardiac Catheterization Lab and its recovery room at Exeter Hospital. DHHS

yesterday expanded the recommendation on patients of these units who should

be tested for the virus back to October 1, 2010 through May 25, 2012. This

is a change from testing recommendations set last week at April 1, 2011.

Exeter Hospital is in the process of contacting these newly identified


Hepatitis C is a viral infection transmitted by blood. It causes

inflammation of the liver that can lead to chronic health issues. It is

passed from person to person through contact with an infected person’s


Any patients who fit the above criteria can contact Exeter Hospital’s

Information and Referral Center to make an appointment for testing at (603)

580-6124. For questions and information about hepatitis C visit  or  or call the DPHS Bureau of Infectious

Disease Control at 603-271-4496.


US Rep Bass Announces Small Business Social Media Forum 

April 6th forum designed to help small businesses utilize online tools to grow their businesses


CONCORD, NH – Congressman Charles F. Bass (NH-02) today announced he is hosting a Small Business Social Media Forum on Friday, April 6, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to give small businesses an opportunity to learn more about leveraging online tools in their business strategy.

Representatives from Facebook, Google, Yelp, the New Hampshire High Technology Council, and the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism will give presentations about implementing an effective social media strategy to attract customers and grow one’s business.

The forum, which is free of charge, will be held in the Sweeney Hall Auditorium at the New Hampshire Technical Institute, located at 31 College Drive in Concord.  Individuals interested in attending should RSVP to Bass’ Concord Office at (603) 226-0064 or via email at

Bass, a member of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, said:

“Small businesses are the engine of economic growth in New Hampshire, and I am committed to finding ways to make it easier for them to expand and create jobs.  As part of my ongoing outreach and constituent service, I’m very pleased to offer this forum as a resource for small businesses interested in using online tools to grow their businesses. 

“With more and more individuals plugged in online, businesses need to develop strategies to communicate effectively with their customers and reach new ones.  I encourage any small business owner or employee to join us on Friday, April 6th to hear directly from the social media experts.”

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